New Meetup: Training Hike -- Raven Rocks to Blackburn shelter and back

From: TaniaP
Sent on: Friday, January 29, 2010 8:48 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for DC Mountain Madness!

What: Training Hike -- Raven Rocks to Blackburn shelter and back

When: Saturday, March 6,[masked]:00 AM

Raven Rocks
VA-7 VA[masked] miles w of Leesburg
Bluemont, VA 20135

~15 miles, lots of elevation change.

Start at Raven Rocks, hike north on the AT to the Blackburn Trail center and then turn around and hike back to Raven Rocks.

I was able to find a garmin profile for the hike (starting at Bear's Den, which is just south of Raven Rocks) and it says the one-way trip has 3,117 feet up and 2,664 down and since we're doing an out and back...well, it's a lot of climbing! There are also lots and lots of rocks on this hike (my last hike of RR ended in x-rays, d'oh!)

Hike starts at 9am at the Raven Rocks parking lot [masked],[masked]). The lot is very small, so do your best to carpool. Also, I'm told there have been a lot of break-ins here so be sure to clear your car of any valuables. There's an alternate parking spot down the road (I'll post that in a bit).

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